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  • March 29, 2013 - Happy Birthday March Fong Eu!

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Update: Memorial services are being held on Wednesday January 10, 2018 to celebrate Honorable March Fong Eu's life at 10AM (PST) at Chapel of the Chimes, at 4488 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California.

     

    March 29, 2013

    Happy Birthday to March Fong Eu, a truly great lady. Today, March 29, the former U.S. Ambassador to Micronesia and Secretary of State of California turns 91. 

    Happy Birthday March! (LtoR) Suyin Fong Stein, March Fong Eu, Suzanne Joe Kai Photo by May Hsu March 23, 2013   

    Last Saturday, her daughter Suyin and I celebrated her birthday early. Dr. Eu is in good heatlh, and maintains her natural sense of humor. (Click on the blue headline above to the full story)

    As a successful Asian American in the public eye for decades as well as being a female in the male dominated world of politics, Dr. Eu has been one of the most popular political figures in California history.

    She has inspired generations of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. She has always had a strong connection to serve the 'common man.' For decades, her official government office staff whisked her from event to event by limousine and plane, yet she's equally comfortable just getting on a public bus. 

    Senator Edward Kennedy with Honorable March Fong EuDr. Eu was elected Secretary of State of California in 1974, becoming the first Asian American woman ever elected to a state constitutional office in the United States. 

    Dr. Eu was elected Secretary of State five times, and the only woman to be elected to that position until 2006.

    In 1978, she won in a landslide, winning every single county, including the traditionally Republican stronghold of Orange County, becoming one of only four Democrats to ever win the county in a statewide race in the past half century. 

    She succeeded Jerry Brown who was Secretary of State from 1971 to 1975. Prior to her successful election for Secretary of State, in 1966, Dr. Fong was elected to four terms to the California State Assembly from...

  • Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013 Latino Media Market - Get your project in front of funders, distributors and dealmakers

    Posted by Admin

    PBS's Katherine Lo, Dir, Program Development Independent Film & PBS Plus was one of the industry executives meeting with NALIP members at the 2012 Latino Media Market

    PBS's Katherline Lo, Dir., Program Development, Independent Film & PBS Plus was one of the industry executives meeting with NALIP members at the 2012 Latino Media Market 

    APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE

    2013 LATINO MEDIA MARKET 

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION  THE DEADLINE IS MONDAY APRIL 15, 2013 MEETINGS WILL BE HELD JUNE 7-8, 2013 AT THE NALIP 2013 CONFERENCE AT THE SHERATON UNIVERSAL HOTEL, UNIVERSAL CITY, CA

    The NALIP 2013 Latino Media Market™ (LMM) will introduce NALIP members and their projects if accepted into this program to funders, studio executives, distributors, dealmakers, agents, mentors and employers. 

    The LMM is a NALIP Signature Program created for NALIP members attending the NALIP 2013 national conference with qualified projects in the following categories: - Low-Budget Features in Development or Pre-production - Documentary Works-in-Progress - Non-Scripted Series Ideas

     

     

  • First Summit on Asian Stereotypes Urges Empowerment to Make Change

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Jeff Yang writer of "Tao Jones" column for the Wall Street Journal

    Little Tokyo - Los Angeles

    March 23, 2013

    More than 200 people attended a summit yesterday in Los Angeles, provocatively titled "Beyond the Bad and the Ugly." The meeting was appropriately named as it took aim at the continued use of offensive images, ethnic slurs and stereotypical caricatures of Asian Americans in American media, and its impact on just about every aspect of American culture, politics, education and society.

    AsianConnections.com applauds Jeff Yang, Wall Street Journal Online writer of the "Tao Jones" column for organizing this first summit devoted to the problem, and enlisting public dialogue and empowerment. Yang brought together activisits, bloggers and others to examine the issues and encouraged people to take action against the negative stereotypes and portrayals of Asian Americans in the media. 

    Stereotypical images of Asian Americans in the media have negatively impacted the lives of Asian Americans for more than a century.

    Yang told LA Times writer Anh Do the event is "the culmination of a dream, seeing people not only talking about these issues - but doing something about it," "The point is to empower everyone, telling them, "Change is happening, and it's happening inside - with us." 

    The March 23, 2013 summit officially kicks off Jeff Yang's new book he co-edited with Parry Shen, Keith Chow and Jerry Ma, Shattered: the Asian American Comics Anthology (Secret Identities). SHATTERED’s 2013 tour, will take Yang and his co-editors Parry Shen, Keith Chow and Jerry Ma to select cities and college campuses in the East, West and Midwest (contacts are listed below if you wish to book a SHATTERED tour event). 

    Click here for the story at the LA Times by writer Anh Do. 

    Featured sessions at the "Beyond the Bad and the Ugly" Los Angeles summit March 23, 2013:

    OPENING PLENARY — “IS THIS STEREOTYPE REALLY NECESSARY?”, a fresh, frank, informative (and likely snarky) exploration of Asian images past and present, moderated by...
  • CeFaan Kim, News12 reporter mugged in Yonkers - 4 Arrested

    Posted by Admin

    Photo credit: News12 | CeFaan Kim poses for a photo after being attacked earlier in the morning. March 20, 2013

    Yonkers

    March 20, 2013

    Cops arrested four teens for an attack in Yonkers that sent a News12 reporter to the hospital. CeFann Kim, 31, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve said he fought off the assailants, who ran away after bystanders pulled thier cars over to help. 

    Kim was attacked on Odell Avenue near the Greystone train station shortly before 9 a.m., authorities said. The teens hit him about 30 times before fleeing. Kim suffered a fractured nose and injuries to his head.  Click here for the full story.

  • Christine Lin, Henry Godinez and Liz Griffiths Receive Halcyon Theatre’s 2013 Iris Awards

    Posted by Lia Chang

    On Friday, March 8, 2013, the Halcyon Theatre Company honored actor Christine Lin; Henry Godinez, resident artistic associate at Goodman Theatre and the curator of the Latino Theatre Festival; and Liz Griffiths, immediate past Director of North River Commission’s (NRC) two economic development affiliates, the Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation (LADCOR) and the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce, with The Iris Award for connecting Chicago’s communities and arts, at Night of Flight, Halcyon Theatre’s first major fundraiser at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago, Il.

    Christine Lin was presented with The Iris Award for connecting Chicago’s communities and arts by Halcyon Theatre co-founders Jenn and Tony Adams, who is also the Artistic Director, at Night of Flight, Halcyon Theatre’s first major fundraiser at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago, Il, on March 8, 2013. Photo by Kan Chou

    Christine Lin, an actor, improvisor and engineering consultant, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and began her affiliation with Halcyon in 2008 as an Artistic Associate, appearing in the Company’s productions of Caridad Svich’sIphigenia…(a rave fable), Tony Adam’s Trickster, and Salman Rushdie’sHaroun and the Sea of Stories. She also directed Astrid Saalbach’s The Blessed Child in 2009′s Alcyone Festival. She has been a company and board member since 2011.

    Eric Lin and his daughter Christine Lin, who was presented with The Iris Award for connecting Chicago’s communities, at Night of Flight, Halcyon Theatre’s first major fundraiser at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago, Il, on March 8, 2013. Photo by Kan Chou

    Ms. Lin was presented with The Iris Award for connecting Chicago’s communities and arts by Halcyon Theatre co-founders Jenn and Tony Adams, who is also the Artistic Director.

    Ms. Lin shared, “I was delighted when Tony shared my first audition and production with Halcyon resulting in my first production in Chicago. And then I was...

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